Unlike other energy sources, about 90 percent of propane is produced right here in the United States, making readily available to homes and businesses across the country. In fact, you can use propane to power your water heater, kitchen appliances, clothes dryer, power generator, and more. With so many different uses within your home, you may be wondering if propane is a safe source of fuel. Fortunately, the propane industry follows stringent regulations to protect both users and the surrounding environment. As a result of extensive training and regulations within the industry, propane is a very safe fuel source. Today, we would like to discuss our safety measures as well as provide you with propane safety tips.
The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) gathered together to develop Gas Check, a propane safety program. Funded by PERC, this program offers safety guidelines for two different types of residential safety inspections. The gas delivery system, which includes containers, appurtenances, and containers, must undergo a Gas System Check. This ensures that all containers are handled in the safest possible manner. In addition to a Gas System Check, all propane-burning appliances must undergo a Gas Appliance System Check. Not only will your appliances be assessed to ensure proper safety procedures are followed, but we’ll also educate you on propane safety and maintenance as well.
Handling Propane Tanks
When handling propane tanks, follow these guidelines to ensure proper safety procedures are followed. Always make sure that propane tanks are properly secured in your vehicle when transporting propane tanks. You never want to leave propane tanks sitting inside of your car or a closed vehicle. It’s also important to avoid storing your propane tank in your basement or living space.
Propane Gas Smell
If your propane is leaking, you will smell a distinct rotten egg smell, and you should immediately extinguish all open flames and smoking materials. Evacuate your home immediately and turn off the gas supply valve of your propane tank only if it is safe to do so. Call your local fire department right away and then call your propane provider. Do not return to the area until your emergency responder or propane technician informs you that it is safe.
Avoid Running Out of Gas
You may not be aware that running out of propane can be hazardous for your health. When the propane supply runs out, an appliance valve or gas line could be left open, causing a leak. Air could enter your depleted tank, which can result in an accumulation of rust. Rust actually decreases the odor of propane gas, making it more difficult to detect. If your tank runs out of propane, the pilot light will go out. The best way to avoid this situation in the first place is to sign up for our automatic propane delivery system, which ensures that you never run out of propane.
Install Propane Gas Detectors
If a propane leak is present, gas detectors will sound an alarm. If you have propane appliances inside of your home, we highly recommend installing propane gas detectors.
At DiSanto Propane, we’ve supplied upstate New York homes and businesses with propane, so we are well-versed in following the strict safety standards of our industry. If you need home propane in New York, contact DiSanto Propane today.